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Projects director leaves Highways Agency

Nirmal Kotecha, major projects director of the Highways Agency, is set to depart from his role next month.

Mr Kotecha joined the Agency in April 2008 and has helped develop a more commercially minded way of working on major projects, a Highways Agency spokesperson said.

“After more than three years as major projects director, Nirmal Kotecha will be leaving the Agency in October 2011.

“He has worked with his team of around 350 staff to put in place effective project control systems that are recognised as best practice; building excellent working relationships with our supply chain partners in the consulting engineering and construction contracting sectors; and driving a focus on improved safety across our construction sites,” the spokesman said.

Earlier this month, a report from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills praised the Agency for a “more sophisticated approach to managing its £2.5 billion annual spend”.

Mr Kotecha appointment followed criticism of cost management on Highways Agency projects from the National Audit Office and the government-commissioned Nichols Report.

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